Author Archives: Sean Coffey

Irish championship 1964

The recent posts on the game Oliff-Keogh prompted me to look up the details of the main event with which it was associated, the 1964 Irish championship. That year’s event suffered several problems that turned it into one of the … Continue reading

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Missed opportunity

The very welcome news that the ICU is offering two norm events in Tralee in April brought back memories of other recent norm events and opportunities. One such event was the City of Dublin IM Norm Tournament 2011. No norms … Continue reading

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Opportunity and chance, contd.

From the position in the last post, after 1…. Qg3+!! 2. Kh1, Black could have won by 2… e3!!. The immediate threat, which is enough to account for White’s tries 3. Be2 and 3. Ra3, is 3… Qh3+ 4. Kg1 … Continue reading

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Opportunity and chance

From Chess Combination as a Fine Art (Pitman, 1976) by Golz and Keres, which we’ve mentioned here before, another Irish game and a puzzle: Oliff-Keogh, Dublin 1964 We’ll take up the story as Golz and Keres present it: “Black, who … Continue reading

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Wilkes-Doyle, EU/M/633 corr 1983

And here is one more game from the same event as for the last two posts; thanks again to Tony for supplying notes. Günter W. Wilkes (GER) — Tony Doyle EU/M/633 ICCF corr 1983 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 … Continue reading

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Doyle-Bodisko, EU/M/633 corr 1983

Here is another game from the event mentioned in the last post; thanks again to Tony Doyle for providing notes: Tony Doyle — Alexanadr Petrovich Bodisko (USSR) EU/M/633 ICCF corr 1983 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Bg4 … Continue reading

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Voss-Doyle, EU/M/633 corr 1983

My playing career, roughly 1974-1985, overlapped significantly with the over-the-board portion of Tony Doyle’s, 1970-1983, when he was one of the top players in the country. He was Irish champion in 1974, and played in three Olympiads, among many other … Continue reading

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Michael V. O’Nolan

The last post mentioned M. O’Nolan, saying that he was very probably a brother of Brian O’Nolan. Indeed the name is very uncommon in all of Ireland, let alone in Blackrock. And Brian O’Nolan had many brothers: he was from … Continue reading

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N. McCluskey-M. O’Nolan, Armstrong Cup 1932-33

The Armstrong Cup has received excellent coverage in the papers down the years, and for many seasons we even have most match scorecards. However actual games from long-ago seasons are still quite rare and so it’s difficult to judge the … Continue reading

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Daly-O’Connor, Irish championship qualifier 1986

In 1986 it was decided to make the Irish championship a 10-player invitational all-play-all. There was also a separate qualifying tournament that decided at least some of the places (one?). In the last round Colm Daly (White) and Jonathan O’Connor … Continue reading

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